Why should we bother to pray?
Because. . .
Prayer gives us personal access to God Himself!
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)
God wants us to pray!
One of the most important things that Jesus modeled for His disciples was getting away to spend time in prayer with God.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
God hears our prayers!
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; Psalm 34:15 (NIV)
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
God answers our prayers!
Have you chosen a time and a place to spend time alone with God? If not, we encourage you to Prepare a Time and Place.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24 (NIV)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us- -whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)